We are an international literary society devoted to the 20th century English novelist Barbara Pym, shrewd observer of a certain kind of middle-class Englishwoman, no longer young and not quite beautiful, whom society finds it easy to overlook. She is just as shrewd an observer of the people that these women, vigilant and perceptive, themselves observe.

The spinster heroine of Excellent Women, Pym’s most famous novel, says, “I suppose an unmarried woman just over 30, who lives alone and has no apparent ties, must expect to find herself involved or interested in other people’s business, and if she is a clergyman’s daughter then one might really say that there is no hope for her.”

The Society holds its Annual General Meeting at St. Hilda's College, Oxford University, every summer and also holds a conference in Boston, MA every spring, a spring meeting in London, and other events. Our newsletter, Green Leaves, is published twice yearly.

COMING EVENTS

2 May 2021
Dr Paula Byrne
will discuss her new biography The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym on the BPS YouTube channel

Check back for details!

May 2021
Virtual Spring Meeting
Dr Nick Turner
'Excellent April': Barbara Pym, Elizabeth von Arnim, Literary 'Mothers' and the Comic Novel

2021 Annual General Meeting and Conference

3-5 September 2021
St Hilda's College, Oxford
"Barbara Around the World"

 

2022 North American Conference
18-20 March 2022
A Glass of Blessings

CALL FOR PAPERS


The 2022 Ellen J. Miller Memorial Short Story Competition

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